What an honor it is to hear from brilliant writers with truths to tell, histories to explore, and characters to unfold. How invigorating to engage in conversation about universal questions. How inspiring to leave the hall, perhaps puzzled or grappling, a bit more enlightened, and a bit more compassionate.
Curating the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Ten Evenings is truly a privilege. I watch excitedly for news of acclaimed writers, across genres, releasing new books. I read feverishly—both books and reviews-and listen to colleagues, publicists, and audience members. I make lists.
I sort lists. I even color-code lists. Eventually, offers are made and accepted (often to great rejoicing among the staff).
The diverse range of authors speaking to us this year boast prestigious awards among them-Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, a coveted Peabody Award, and many list toppers for Best Books of the Year from various publications. They all have important stories to tell.
We open the season with Siddhartha Mukherjee and his deep knowledge of science, medicine, and medical history. Patti Smith will share her powerful odyssey, fluid prose, and love for good black coffee. Colson Whitehead explores the history of slavery, the Antebellum South, and the struggle … Continue reading